First I need to say THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to leave me a comment or to send an email my way after Sunday's post. It was so heartening to have all of your support. My blog has been my hobby for the last 2.5 years and after posting my decision I had a knot in my stomach the last few days. To feel like I was just totally done... I swear, I feel like a junkie trying to break her habit!
But after receiving some great words of wisdom from my friends, fellow bloggers and readers telling me that maybe I could just check in once in a while and not worry about the pressures of following my schedule, it clicked. I have held myself to a standard with blogging like I do with everything else in my life. If I'm doing something I'm going to be routine about it, and with blogging it is just becoming too much for me. It took me taking a break from my many activities to realize I felt like my children always saw me with a computer in front of my face; even though I did most of my blogging at night when they were in bed, it is just how I felt. It was a breath of fresh air not to have to run to my computer to make sure I had a post for the next day. But at the same time I really did feel like something had died! I know that might sound weird to non-bloggers, but I know that many of my blogging sisters understand! SO, I am not quite ready to give up seven thirty three.
This is my plan: I know many find the boy party a great resource for boy-related crafts and I would hate for the blogging community to loose that, so i will continue my weekly parties. Other than that, nothing will be regular around here. I know I have always stated that is one way to grow your blog and I still totally believe that, but my goal isn't growth as it once was. It is to continue to share my ideas and crafts and to inspire others. I often pushed myself to create something just so the blog had new content, so it became work and not a fun hobby.
Although I may not check in as often as I use to, I will still be around and I will still be stopping by all of the awesome craft blogs and you will still find me on Facebook and Pinterest. I am just taking the pressure off from myself and lowering the standard that I set for myself. I think this will bring the pleasure of blogging back to me! We'll see how it goes and how my children fair and in the end that will be the determining factor for the future of seven thirty three!
Below are a few of my most visited posts. I hope you enjoy looking around!
I try to host my parties for under $100. I want them to be festive and fun, but not break the bank! Most of my parties include free printables for your use. Please remember, they are for personal use only!
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